Weekly Book List, March 14, 2014

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AMERICAN STUDIES

Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture and the Fictions of Independence by Maria Acosta Cruz (Rutgers University Press; 206 pages; $80 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). Explores Puerto Rican independence as a "symbolic aspiration" that despite its power, has failed with a majority of the island's voters.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia by Madeleine Reeves (Cornell University